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Forum: Zeiss Saturday 14th April 2018, 19:56
Replies: 55
Views: 5,304
Posted By Tobias Mennle
The SF birdwatching thing is a bad joke. Why...

The SF birdwatching thing is a bad joke. Why should a birdwatching bin have a strong green cast to increase contrast except to save Zeiss precision in manufacturing?

HT has much more neutral colors,...
Forum: Zeiss Saturday 14th April 2018, 19:53
Replies: 55
Views: 5,304
Posted By Tobias Mennle
For 3d and brightness and transparency, in the...

For 3d and brightness and transparency, in the 42mm realm nothing (except a porro of course) beats the Zeiss AK prisms - so: HT, FL are the way to go. FL 7x42 is the most "3D" roof I know of.

SF is...
Forum: Zeiss Saturday 14th April 2018, 19:37
Replies: 77
Views: 3,710
Posted By Tobias Mennle
A brillant analysis.:clap: But then, visionary...

A brillant analysis.:clap:

But then, visionary leaders are not going into the binocular business. Leica could need one too and even Swarovski.

Zeiss seems totally lost. HT: Three steps back from...
Forum: Swarovski Friday 13th April 2018, 20:06
Replies: 69
Views: 2,313
Posted By Tobias Mennle
About the brightness of the Habicht. Gijs van...

About the brightness of the Habicht. Gijs van Ginkel measured 96% transmission and that is why the Habicht eats the E2 for breakfast. Makes it look dull, despite the good edge contrast. Plus, with my...
Forum: Swarovski Friday 13th April 2018, 19:58
Replies: 69
Views: 2,313
Posted By Tobias Mennle
Agreed. Well almost. Only thing that comes close...

Agreed. Well almost. Only thing that comes close to Habicht on axis sharpness contrast are the Zeiss with AK prisms - mind you, good samples - Victory FLs or HTs... just came back from a long walk...
Forum: Leica Monday 5th March 2018, 19:04
Replies: 61
Views: 5,260
Posted By Tobias Mennle
Well in my samples - both from the Swaro demo -...

Well in my samples - both from the Swaro demo - SLC was clearly inferior. Also, street prices in Europe for many other alpha bins are not much higher than the SLCīs. With SLC list price is about...
Forum: Leica Monday 5th March 2018, 19:00
Replies: 61
Views: 5,260
Posted By Tobias Mennle
As I donīt own neither a Noctivid nor a SV this...

As I donīt own neither a Noctivid nor a SV this question is somewhat hard to answer :-O

I love my Ultravid and see no point in upgrading to the Noctivid at the moment, for many good reasons as...
Forum: Leica Friday 2nd March 2018, 05:31
Replies: 61
Views: 5,260
Posted By Tobias Mennle
I donīt own the SV, I had one for a year, and it...

I donīt own the SV, I had one for a year, and it is a great glass, much better than the SF IMO, but I came to seriously dislike flat field in general. So Iīm pleading with Swarovski that they bring...
Forum: Leica Friday 2nd March 2018, 05:26
Replies: 29
Views: 2,606
Posted By Tobias Mennle
Thanks Gijs, found it. For those interested:...

Thanks Gijs, found it. For those interested: http://www.houseofoutdoor.com/verrekijkers/verrekijkers-testen-en-vergelijken/

Very valuable transmission analyses.

- Generally, what would the margin...
Forum: Leica Monday 26th February 2018, 20:44
Replies: 29
Views: 2,606
Posted By Tobias Mennle
As far as I remember Gijs did NOT find a...

As far as I remember Gijs did NOT find a significant difference in transmission between HD and HD+... much to my dismay. Any links to that publication, Jan?

Anyway the HD+ coatings are magical.

I...
Forum: Leica Saturday 20th January 2018, 08:02
Replies: 61
Views: 5,260
Posted By Tobias Mennle
Lee, when in trouble with diopter settings, may I...

Lee, when in trouble with diopter settings, may I suggest you try a Leica, Nikon or Swarovski glass for a change 3:-)

But seriously - diopter shift and small asynchronities in focus due to...
Forum: Leica Saturday 20th January 2018, 07:43
Replies: 61
Views: 5,260
Posted By Tobias Mennle
Just came across this 2hrs long test of...

Just came across this 2hrs long test of cinematography lenses.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eRmqYzJVfU

For those interested in the topic - dimensionality of an image not connected with...
Forum: Leica Saturday 20th January 2018, 07:07
Replies: 61
Views: 5,260
Posted By Tobias Mennle
David, this is a beautiful description of part of...

David, this is a beautiful description of part of the phenomenon. Micro 3D. I like to call it pseudo3D because it goes much beyond stereopsis.

Yes the Leica approach is not appreciated by everyone,...
Forum: Leica Saturday 20th January 2018, 06:55
Replies: 61
Views: 5,260
Posted By Tobias Mennle
Absolutely true and a big source for error (I...

Absolutely true and a big source for error (I personally discovered it in an eye opening way a while back when comparing the 8x42 SLC to the SV and my first impression was totally wrong due to more...
Forum: Leica Thursday 18th January 2018, 16:58
Replies: 61
Views: 5,260
Posted By Tobias Mennle
It need not be a tilted plane as a manufacturing...

It need not be a tilted plane as a manufacturing defect. If you tilt the glass slightly downwards, with a field curved away from you, and focused on an object in the middle of the image, part of the...
Forum: Leica Thursday 18th January 2018, 16:31
Replies: 61
Views: 5,260
Posted By Tobias Mennle
Torview, about too much contrast, you have a...

Torview, about too much contrast, you have a point here which I avoided in my review, because we always have a complex product of our personal vision and the binocular performance. Too much contrast...
Forum: Leica Thursday 18th January 2018, 16:20
Replies: 61
Views: 5,260
Posted By Tobias Mennle
Thanks everyone! The veiling glare issue, let me...

Thanks everyone!

The veiling glare issue, let me try to put it this way. I am enthusiastic about the reference level of absence from flashing crescent, peripheral flares in the Noctivid. This is...
Forum: Leica Thursday 18th January 2018, 16:00
Replies: 61
Views: 5,260
Posted By Tobias Mennle
John, the guy is Steven Kisilevech from Hamburg,...

John, the guy is Steven Kisilevech from Hamburg, his product is here: https://celerelenses.com

I just send him an email and asked about this statement. Letīs see what he says.
Forum: Leica Wednesday 17th January 2018, 06:39
Replies: 61
Views: 5,260
Posted By Tobias Mennle
Leica Noctivid 10x42 review

Leica Germany had test weeks for the Noctivids recently, a truly excellent service IMO and marketing money well spend (hopefully). Unfortunately I got the 10x instead of the 8x, nevertheless it was...
Forum: Leica Wednesday 17th January 2018, 05:42
Replies: 68
Views: 5,244
Posted By Tobias Mennle
Henry, thanks a lot, more food for...

Henry, thanks a lot, more food for thought.

About moustache distortion, youīre of course right and I took similar notes when testing the 8x32 SV, it has pincushion in the center changing to, well,...
Forum: Leica Wednesday 17th January 2018, 05:25
Replies: 68
Views: 5,244
Posted By Tobias Mennle
Thanks a lot, that is excellent stuff!

Thanks a lot, that is excellent stuff!
Forum: Leica Monday 15th January 2018, 17:52
Replies: 68
Views: 5,244
Posted By Tobias Mennle
This is a very low contrast image of an image and...

This is a very low contrast image of an image and has nothing to do with the experience of using a great glass like a Noctivid - or HT ;) - or... digiscoping is totally useless for evaluating...
Forum: Leica Monday 15th January 2018, 17:44
Replies: 68
Views: 5,244
Posted By Tobias Mennle
With regards to flare, I saw no peripheral...

With regards to flare, I saw no peripheral "crescent" flares which would indicate the sun coming close to the FOV. But paradoxically quite a lot of veiling glare when viewing against the sun....
Forum: Leica Monday 15th January 2018, 17:20
Replies: 68
Views: 5,244
Posted By Tobias Mennle
Alexis, this is a great short analysis of FL (and...

Alexis, this is a great short analysis of FL (and probably HT) character. It explains why Zeiss had to move on and helps me understand why I always came to prefer the Ultravid counterparts....
Forum: Leica Tuesday 9th January 2018, 15:36
Replies: 68
Views: 5,244
Posted By Tobias Mennle
Itīs not a mirror, itīs rather a league of its...

Itīs not a mirror, itīs rather a league of its own (just returned a demo sample to Leica today...). As much as I was impressed with HT8x42 and am impressed with my FL 7x42 these older designs IMO...
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